At the recent ECA Senior delegates meeting clubs voted to implement the use of Helmets for season 2019/20.
As advised due to the short notice of the implementation of this rule, it will not be enforced until games starting Nov 2 and for this season the wearing of British Standard 7928:2013 compliant helmets will not be mandated, but highly encouraged.
However helmets will need to be worn at all games within the ECA from November 2, 2019
Clubs were also advised the ECA is looking at ways to assist purchasing of compliant helmets
The synopsis of the rule is
3.11.6 All Players are to wear helmets in the following circumstances:
i) When fielding close to the bat, within 10 metres of the wicket (ie. Silly mid on, silly mid off, short leg, leg slip etc) but not slip & gully fielders;
ii) When wicketkeeping within 3 metres of the wicket;
iii) When Batting against fast or medium pace bowling. If necessary, whether the bowling is fast or medium pace will be determined by the official appointed umpires or, in their absence, the batting captain.
Failure to comply with this rule shall be reported by the official appointed umpires or, in their absence, either captain to the Operations Manager by 8pm on the Monday following the incident. The Executive Council will then determine what penalty, if any, to impose on the club and the player(s).
Due to the late decision, the recently distributed yellow 2019/20 Rule books do not contain this requirement. However an Updated version of the complete playing rules can be found here.